April 18, 2006
Am I supposed to be excited?
While the 6 minute trailer sometimes works (like in the case of the 5000 fingers of Dr. T) this totally loses it after the first minute. I actually had high hopes for this trailer, as we get a very nicely done diarama of London before presenting us with uh, SOME scenes from the movie. Though you couldnt tell me now which ones of these they were because these seem like the most boring scenes from the movie. Like these look lethargic. Also, announcer says Oliviers name very strangely.Olivia!
September 24, 2004
Good history lesson
I give the trailer demerits for completely leaving out some of the best elements of the movie, specifically the recreated Globe Theatre stage on which the early scenes of this play are acted out. Also, it gives only the barest notion of the wonderful book-of-hours sets used in the French sequences. Worse still, it mutes several of the actors as they are being shown and named by the announcer, when it would have been far more enjoyable to hear them speak a line or two while their names were flashed on the screen.
However I give it lots of credit for including a substancial portion of one of Olivier's speeches, and for the excellent history lesson it provides at the opening. The film uses precisely the same opening but without the commentary.
The film 'Henry V' is one of the great examples of what talented art directors, set decorators and costume designers could do with Technicolor when Natalie Kalmus wasn't around to interfere.
It has often been noted in reviews that, due to wartime constraints, the availability of Technicolor film stock was extremely limited. Olivier was always worried that he would run out and have to shoot at least some of the picture in black-in-white. As it turned out, he was able to use about 75% of the film he had shot, a remarkably high figure that I believe still stands as a record for a major release.